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EU Environment Ministers Keep Bans on Transgenic Maize

EU Environment Ministers Keep Bans on Transgenic Maize

BRUSSELS, Belgium, March 2, 2009 (ENS) – European Union environment ministers today overwhelmingly rejected a European Commission proposal to force Austria and Hungary to lift their bans on the controversial cultivation of varieties of genetically modified maize, or corn. The first Environment Council under the Czech Presidency was asked to decide on three commission proposals…

Europe's 2010 Biodiversity Protection Target Slipping Away

Europe's 2010 Biodiversity Protection Target Slipping Away

BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 30, 2008 (ENS) – The European Union will fail to meet its goal of halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010 unless there is “enormous effort” over the next two years, according to the EU’s the first comprehensive assessment of progress in implementing its Biodiversity Action Plan. Despite the further extension of…

EU Illegal Logging Proposals Called Toothless

EU Illegal Logging Proposals Called Toothless

BRUSSELS, Belgium, October 20, 2008 (ENS) – Globally, forests are disappearing at a rate of about 13 million hectares (50,190 square miles) a year. In view of this continuing loss, the European Commission Friday unveiled two initiatives aimed at forest protection. The proposed regulation would oblige traders to seek guarantees that the timber and timber…

European Parliament Offers to Help India Save Wild Tigers

European Parliament Offers to Help India Save Wild Tigers

BRUSSELS, Belgium, September 24, 2008 (ENS) – In advance of the Europe-India summit in Marseille next Monday, the European Parliament today passed a resolution calling on both parties to renew efforts to save the wild tiger, and to place the issue on the summit agenda. The resolution calls on both Europe and India to redouble…

European Climate Poll Shows 61 Percent Have Acted

European Climate Poll Shows 61 Percent Have Acted

BRUSSELS, Belgium, September 16, 2008 (ENS) – After poverty, climate change is the most serious problem Europe faces according to a Eurobarometer survey presented in the European Parliament on September 11. The poll found that 61 percent of respondents have taken some personal action to cut emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. A quarter…

Two Die in European Truck Drivers' Fuel Price Protest

Two Die in European Truck Drivers' Fuel Price Protest

BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 11, 2008 (ENS) – Two truck drivers were killed in fuel price protest actions in Spain and Portugal on Tuesday as governments across Europe struggle to contain strikes by thousands of truckers, fishermen and railway workers over soaring fuel prices. In Portugal, a picketing trucker died as he tried to stop a…

Europe Clamps Down on Overfishing of Bluefin Tuna

Europe Clamps Down on Overfishing of Bluefin Tuna

BRUSSELS, Belgium, March 20, 2008 (ENS) – The European Commission has launched a major EU control campaign aimed at preventing a repeat of last year’s overfishing of Mediterranean bluefin tuna by a number of EU member states. This season, 16 aircraft and 49 large and small patrol vessels will conduct inspections at sea, while 50…

Research into Happiness, Ancient Climate, Win European Science Awards

Research into Happiness, Ancient Climate, Win European Science Awards

BRUSSELS, Belgium, March 12, 2008 (ENS) – Italian researcher Luisa Corrado was among the those honored today at the European Science Awards Ceremony, for her work on whether wealth can bring happiness. Corrado received one of five Marie Curie Excellence Awards, which recognize excellent researchers who have participated in the EU’s researcher exchange program. Working…

EU Gives Italy One Month to Solve Waste Crisis

EU Gives Italy One Month to Solve Waste Crisis

BRUSSELS, Belgium, January 31, 2008 (ENS) – The European Commission is giving the government of Italy just one month to clean up the waste crisis plaguing Naples and the rest of the Campania region or face a potentially costly lawsuit. Since just before Christmas, thousands of tons of garbage have been left uncollected by the…